Dada's Little Psycho (and Dada's Little Psycho's Relatives)
by Herd Of The Ether Space
WARNING: THIS ARCHIVE CONTAINS SOME ADULT THEMES AND IS NOT MEANT FOR CHILDREN
This archive represents one of the most ambitious projects conceived of and executed by Herd Of The Ether Space.
From the Herd Of The Ether Space Cassette Album:
"Dada's Little Psycho" (Taped Rugs Productions/IRRE Tapes, released 1990):
1 At The Space Bar (George Gibson, Charles Rice Goff III, Killr "Mark" Kaswan, Robert Silverman, with prerecorded tapes by Vivianne Marc of Quintet De Lâart, France, recorded July 22nd, 1990)
2 Bible & The Bullet (Jack Engard, Jeff Faulkner, George Gibson, C. Goff III, Viki O'Melveny, Mary Reddington, recorded May 12th, 1990)
3 Mister Bojangles (George Gibson, C. Goff III, Killr "Mark" Kaswan, Robert Silverman, recorded July 28th, 1990)
4 Tears For Your Ears (George Gibson, C. Goff III, Killr "Mark" Kaswan, Robert Silverman, recorded August 5th, 1990, mixed with audience recording from performance August 11th, 1990)
5 Psycho Hoedown (George Gibson, C. Goff III, Killr "Mark" Kaswan, Robert Silverman, recorded August 10th, 1990)
6 Dada's Little Girl (George Gibson, C. Goff III, Killr "Mark" Kaswan, Robert Silverman, recorded August 5th, 1990)
7 Tipper Gore Aerobics Lesson (Ric. E. Braden, George Gibson, C. Goff III, Killr "Mark" Kaswan, Robert Silverman, recorded August 10th, 1990)
8 Itsie Bitsie Spider (George Gibson, C. Goff III, recorded April 13th, 1990)
9 Cloaked Parameters (Will Flanagan, George Gibson, C. Goff III, Viki O'Melveny, recorded March 23rd, 1990, mixed with C. Goff III, Killr "Mark" Kaswan, Robert Silverman, recorded April 28th, 1990)
From the Taped Rugs Productions Cassette Album:
"Fjaern" (Taped Rugs Productions/Hypertonia World Enterprises, released 1993):
10 At The Space Bar (Ric E. Braden, George Gibson, Charles Goff III, Killr Kaswan, Robert Silverman, recorded August 5th, 1990)
From the Herd Of The Ether Space Live Performance, August 11th, 1990
at the Ohana Cultural Center, Oakland, California, USA (audio previously unreleased to the public):
11 Tears For Your Ears, Intermission, Psycho Hoedown, Tipper Gore Aerobics Lesson, At The Space Bar (All pieces feature Gibson, Goff, Kaswan, Silverman. The full audience participates on Tears For Your Ears. Ric E. Braden joins the group for Tipper Gore and Space Bar)
1 All recordings except the live performance on track 11 were produced at the Taped Rugs Studio in Oakland, California.
2 "Bible & The Bullet" was recorded on a four track cassette recorder in two takes. The first was a crude sort of cowboy-from-space instrumental improvisation; the second was a weird campfire sing-a-long thing, backing up an improvised Dadaist Wild West narrative.
3 "Cloaked Parameters" is a hefty eighteen-minute piece, collaged together from two improvisations. Nearly every instrument, non instrument, and sonic generator in the HOTES closet makes an appearance in this chaotically jarring production.
4 Tracks 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 10, and the August 5th portion of Track 4 were all recorded at rehearsals for the August 11th, 1990, HOTES performance.
6 The 45-minute Track 11 is the only surviving recording from the August 11th, 1990, HOTES performance. This performance was the first time that HOTES played for an audience in a public venue. The recording represents about half of the total show. It has previously not been available to the public.
7 "Mr. Bojangles" is a Dadaesque tribute to Sammy Davis, Jr., who had died in the weeks immediately preceding the HOTES August 11th performance. The piece features George Gibson, who wore a suit which was covered in electronic buttons which triggered various percussive sounds. While performing the piece, Gibson tapped out a vigorous dance which would have likely pleased both Davis and John Cage.
8 Prerecorded tapes of paper being torn, keyboard samples of tearing paper, and live ripping make up the cathartic collage, entitled: "Tears For Your Ears." Goff has always had a nervous reaction to the sound of tearing paper, and this piece was intended to exorcise his demons. It left the venue in a huge mess, but after the show, all the bits of torn paper were collected and taken to a recycling center. As for Goff's demons, they vanished briefly but returned not long after the performance.
9 "Psycho Hoedown" is basically a Dadaist square dance. Conjuring up a drugged cowboy rhythm, the group provided Goff with an appropriate backing for a throatful of very odd square dance calls. Silverman's use of keyboard samples created from phonograph records colors this piece in a transcendent shade of gingham.
10 "Dada's Little Girl" features Kaswan reading and improvising verbiage from a book which came from his daughter's personal library: "Max's First Word" by Rosemary Wells. Taped verbalizations from Kaswan's daughter were incorporated into the performance of this piece as well.
11 "Tipper Gore Aerobics Lesson" is a Killr Kaswan lecture on Kegel exercises. Naturally, Kaswan encouraged the audience to participate in this threat to public morality. Of course, in 1990, Tipper was not yet the wife of a Vice President/Nobel Prize Winner; she was, instead, the face of the "Parents Music Resource Center" which brought warning labels to the music industry.
12 IRRE Tapes was the tape label of West German, Matthias Lang. Hypertonia World Enterprises is the label of Norwegian, Jan Bruun.
Copyright 1990, 1993, 2001
by Taped Rugs Productions